The other surprise was that Javier Garcia was not on the roster. Garcia, who started 2009 as Victoria's closer, was traded to the St. George Roadrunners for future considerations. Rumour has it that he was about to be released by Victoria, but the Seals traded him instead. He is the second Seal shipped off to play for Darrell Evans' squad this week (first baseman Brett Flowers was dealt there on Tuesday). It's nice to see that our "leftovers" are being picked up by other teams -- that says a lot about the caliber of the 2010 version of the Victoria Seals.
Here are the likely starters on opening day:
- Pitcher - Jason Kershner
- Catcher - Josh Arhart
- First Base - Terrence McClain
- Second Base - Wilver Perez
- Third Base - Brian Rios
- Shortstop - Eric Pringle
- Left Field - Sean Smith
- Centre Field - Chris VanRossum
- Right Field - Colin Moro
- Jason Kershner
- Aaron Trolia
- Chris Bodishbaugh
- Jino Gonzalez
- Kyle Wilson
It was a bit of a surprise that the team chose to go with only ten pitchers on the 22-man roster. That will put a lot of pressure on the bullpen and Gross will have a tougher job with only ten hurlers to choose from. In a pinch, he could also bring in Charlie Strandlund to throw an inning.
Shane Cronin and Charlie Strandlund are the backup infielders and both guys can play just about anywhere. Steven Wright is the fourth outfielder on the team (although first baseman Terrence McClain is normally an outfielder).
If I had to pick one word to describe the roster, it would be "impressive." This team is head and shoulders above the 2009 squad -- especially on the pitching mound. I predict that the Seals will at least play .500 baseball and with a few breaks could be in the pennant races (there are two since the GBL uses a split-schedule).
Kudos to Bret Boone and Kip Gross for putting this team together. Boone went out of his way to give credit to Gross for all of his hard work. So come on out to Royal Athletic Park this summer and show your appreciation!